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Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Adult
Published: April 14, 2011
Read: November 2014 (paperback, own)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . “
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?
One of my all time favorite books! I will never forget the feelings I had while reading this one.
In this book we follow 3 people: Beth and Jen through email interaction and Lincoln who get’s a new job reading the emails. Why is he reading emails? Because the Y2K era and everyone was freaking about what was going to happen when 2000 came in. Yes, this book takes place in the late 90s.
I loved reading Beth and Jen’s emails because they were utterly hilarious and real. When I say real, I mean it in the aspect of how two real friends can possibly interact with one another. They talk about pregnancy, periods, love, dating, dirty jokes, etc. I loved the way the book laid out the emails too. Regardless that it was in email form, we do see these two characters fully developed.
I equally loved reading Lincoln’s POV when it came to his chapters, I got to see him grow as a character. I enjoyed reading his thought process while reading Beth and Jen’s emails. Seeing him fall in love with Beth just through her email exchange was cute. He’s a total nerd!
Beth and Lincoln are both very awkward people.
There wasn’t much plot to this book, it’s more character driven than anything. If you’re into chick lit but need something light and fluffy that won’t make your heart wrench, then this is it for you.
Some of my favorite quotes are:
“I was so insecure, I needed him to bang my door and fill my room with flowers.”
“I didn’t know someone could love me like this,” she said. “Could love me and love me and love me without…needing space.”
Lincoln wasn’t asleep. He rolled on top of her.
“There’s no air in space,” he said.
“Every woman wants a man who’ll fall in love with her soul as well as her body.”